Monday 2 April 2012

Pesto..With Basil




Come summer and your body starts asking for cooling and freshness producing food products. For me one such ingredient is the Basil, I’m in love with this herb and I use it profoundly in my cooking.

Topping the list is the Pesto, which is nothing but a quick chutney using the basil leaves. It is a good digestive and the freshness it produces on your palate is amazing. It makes you feel fresh and cool in this heat. I highly recommend this to be kept ready for use in the kitchen as it’s a versatile ingredient.

The pesto can be made in a jiffy if you have the pine-nuts ready for use after peeling, else one could use walnuts too. I use pine-nuts as they are very good for eyesight.




Preparation Time: 5mins

Makes-almost 3/4 cup


2 cups basil leaves. loosely packed

4-5 garlic cloves

1/4 cup/ 50gms pine nuts

2tbsp EVOO

salt to taste


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Grind the Pine nuts and garlic together.

Mix the Basil, salt and EVOO. Grind. If required add more EVOO.

Remove in an airtight container. If you want to store it for a few days, spread a layer of EVOO on top.

Variation :-

To make a Classic Italian Pesto, in the above mentioned ingredients add 1/4cup Parmesan cheese and reduce the salt. Grind together.


Tip- The Pesto should always be covered with oil as it oxidises quickly, diminishing the natural green colour, which has happened with mine, while clicking pics.

You can also try this with the Pesto..

Bi Coloured Italian Sandwich

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Indian Khana said...

Love pesto and this looks so yum ...nice clicks Pari

Anjali Bapna Shukla said...

Pari, this is such a quick one!! :)
Of course a keeper recipe. Bookmarked. :)

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Kanan said...

this pesto looks great

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Though i have heard about this never tried or tasted so far. Nice recipe

Hema said...

Love basil pesto..

hotpotcooking said...

Healthy pesto

Vimitha Durai said...

Nice colorful pesta. Would be great with pasta

Rani acharyulu said...

Yummy Pesto looks inviting....i love that wonderful olive oil container is that ceramic one?

Faseela said...

lovely recipe Pari

Spandana said...

Looks very good.

Lavanya said...

Loved it pari. Even i love pesto. My fav pizza topping :)

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi said...

pesto looks sensational and that oil bottle is gorgeous too.

Nupur said...

I love Pesto .. mix it with Pasta everytime I make it..

Unknown said...

wow luv basil of my fav....

luv ur clicks n presentation

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Pari Vasisht said...

Thanks Anjali.
Rani, yes, it's ceramic one.
Jeyashri, do try the pesto, it's amazing.
Sayantani, thanks, glad you liked it.

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

pesto pasta is one of my most favourites, especially this basil one... looks delish

Nitha said...

delicious pesto..

Archana said...

Looks delicious. I love basil so this is for me.


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